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Join Us For The Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

ImageThe Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band along with Dave McClure presents a Foggy Dew Western Review with full on cowboy comedy, western music and hilarious family friendly humor at Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Wenatchee. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and tickets $15.00 at door or in advance at the museum.

Since 2000, Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band have produced five award winning albums and performed across the United States and Canada. The group’s latest recording “My Horse Knows The Way Home” hit #2 on the Top 20 Cowboy Western Music Playlist and remained in the Top 20 for 18 months. The band performed for Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, airing on more than 500 NPR, PBS, and Armed Forces Radio stations. Lauralee Northcott leads the charge with frontline bass, throaty vocals, and songwriting prowess. Jennifer Epps brings stirring vocals, yearning Harmonica, and evocative percussion. Judy Coder seamlessly adds award-winning yodeling, vocals, and swing guitar. The blend of three talented musicians creates a sensation and nostalgia that keeps audiences yearning for more.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance on March 23 at Wenatchee Valley Museum. Call 888-6240 for more information or visit www.horsecrazycowgirlband.com.

Shopping locally and learning about CSAs

I went shopping at Farmhouse Table Produce at 10 N. Mission St. today. They are a part of a Community Supported Agriculture program (also known as a CSA). Basically it’s like a co-op, they coordinate a network of local farmers and provide a central location for all their produce, fruit, meat, milk, cheese, bread, etc.

CSA Manager Allision Neher said that unlike a traditional CSA – which typically receives product from one farm – they get their product from a variety of farmers.

Allison Neher, Farmhouse Table manager

She said they have about ten major producers who provide a majority of their stock, and as many as 50 overall. Geographically the farms stretch as far north as Okanogan and as far south as Yakima but most of their stock comes from the Leavenworth and Chelan areas.

They’re focused on eating local as a way to improve sustainability, reduce our dependency on fossil fuel and support the regional economy. Most of their food is organic, though not all of it is, and they are open five months a year.

Neher said they provide farmers with the money they need to get started.

“It gives them capital up front so the farmers can count on the purchases,” she said. “It gives them some financial stability.”

She said it’s a long and expensive process to get organically certified – taking three years in all.

Farmhouse is known for their produce boxes, which include an assortment of food in season at any given time. People usually sign up to get a box a week for the entire season and Neher said about 200 people participate in the program. The basic box is $21 a week and is designed for two. The larger box is $31 a week and is for families or people who just really like their veggies.

She said the boxes are an economical way to eat local. And I think she’s got a point. I bought a loaf of bread, a pound of hamburger, a 3 oz. package of mixed greens, three pears, two sweet peppers, an onion, beets, carrots, beans and farrow. My bill came to $32.17.

According to their brochure, a typical box would come with a head of garlic, a cucumber, two green peppers, a sweet onion, a half pound bunch of Swiss chard, two eggplants, four eats of corn, two summer squash, two peaches and a pound of cherries. No meat, but a good deal comparatively.

I also made plans to go to Crown S Ranch, LLC in Winthrop, Wa. next week to spent the night in their “haycation” house and work on the farm, which produces organically-raised meat, poultry, pork and eggs.

The farm is owned and operated by Louis Sukovaty, his wife Jennifer Argraves, and their family. Both have a background in engineering and strong feelings about the state of food production:

“Our trouble as a society comes from trying to make a buck so we can buy something so the next guy can make a buck and buy something and so on, especially when the things we buy are supposed to make life easier for us – to make less work. There’s nothing wrong with work,” Sukovaty writes on the farm’s website.

Speaking with Jennifer on the phone she stressed the animal husbandry aspect of their operation and said that through the marriage of traditional husbandry and new technology they are making a new model of sustainable agriculture.

Sounds interesting to me. Can’t wait to see it for myself.

Here are photos from Farmhouse Table and some of the things I got there.

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Defining “local” and drinking beet juice at Pretiola

Today I met Virgina O’Kelly, a local nutritionist who works at Columbia Valley Community Health Center, and we drank smoothies at Pretiola Natural Bakery near Riverfront Park in Wenatchee.

Virginia O'Kelly, RD, CDE

She said the reason she eats local is because it’s fresher, there’s less nutrient loss, less processing and – “you just feel better when you eat real food.” She said about 30 to 50 percent of her diet comes from local sources.

“I like knowing who grew my food, where my food comes from and knowing that 90 percent of my money stays here.”

She said this is a great time of year to be eating local. Cherries, apples, pears various greens, root vegetables, corn and lettuce are all available and fresh. And said she considers anything produced in a 80 to 100 mile radius as local.

“I think of eating local as within the state,” she said. “And it’s great because we’re right in the middle.”

We spoke while sitting outside the bakery, sipping their locally-famous “rainbow” smoothies. Carrots, apples, lemon, ginger and beets all go into the juicer to make these grainy, sweet and dark liquid treats. It cost $5.50.

Pretiola is owned by Steve and Lisa Jackson. They opened the bakery seven years ago and they are known for using ingredients produced by area farmers.

Lisa Jackson working on a fresh carrot salad.

Word is that their pizza is to die for but the pizza guy was out for the day so it looks like I’ll have to go back. Alas! (not)

Here’s a slide show of some of the photos I took.

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